Portugal
John JuchauPortugal, Europe

West Essex goes to West Portugal

In mid-May forty-nine West Essex and three Redbridge members set out on a walking week in the North West corner of Portugal, organised by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.  The Costa Verde is a region known for its high hills, verdant countryside, extensive unspoilt beaches and fascinating old towns and villages.

John JuchauPortugal, Europe
West Essex goes to West Portugal

The Other Side of the Algarve

Like most things at Quinta Bonita, the panoramic view from our terrace has the wow factor in abundance. Gazing over the countryside to the distant mountains and shimmering coastline it’s hard to believe that it’s almost November and it’s even harder to believe that this is the Algarve.

The Other Side of the Algarve

Algarvian Activity & Adventurous Appetites

Tavira is quite different from one’s image of the Algarve. It is an unspoilt town on a river between Faro and the Spanish border. We stayed at the beautiful Porta Nova, which was well-situated approximately 10 minutes walk from the town centre.

Algarvian Activity & Adventurous Appetites
Kate RobertsPortugal

Portuguese Wanderings

This holiday is a voyage of discovery travelling by (very slow) trains through central Portugal between Oporto and Lisbon. Up at the crack of dawn for our first train adventure, we wound our way to Coimbra.

Kate RobertsPortugal
Portuguese Wanderings

Portugal's Emerald Coast

May 15-22th 2010

Surprising. That was the theme of our week on the Portuguese coast, north of Porto.
We were surprised by the lovely coastline with huge sandy beaches and breaking rollers.
Surprised by the hills and valleys, full of wild flowers and grape vines surrounding gardens and small fields of vegetables. And surprised by the low cost of everything in shops and bars (one euro was standard for a beer).

A great hotel, and some good meals at local restaurants. We were pleased we took the local train to visit Viana and the old walled part of Valenca, on the Spanish border.

Ron Pidgeon

 

Portugal's Emerald Coast

Portugal's Emerald Coast

Saturday

TAP flight left on time. Gained 30 minutes. 1 hour from airport to Hotel. Nice Hotel. After dinner, there was time for a pleasant stroll around town.

Portugal's Emerald Coast